Michael Brose researches, publishes and teaches in two areas of Chinese history and society, Mongol China social history, and the history and current role of Islam in SW China.
- Yuan-Ming Chinese social history: Social, political and military history of Mongol Yuan and Ming China.
- Islam in China: Research on the history and current socio-political role of the Yunnan Chinese Muslim (Hui) community; focus on mosque architecture, halal food industry and economy.
- Digital History Methods: GIS and Network Analysis. Applying digital, quantitative methods to biographical and geographical data mined from Chinese primary sources such as gazetteers, tomb inscriptions, official and personal biographical materials.